Western Kentucky running back/return specialist Antonio Andrews was among five finalists named Thursday for the Paul Hornung Award, which is presented annually to the most versatile player in major college football.
Joining Andrews as finalists are running back/return specialist Marion Grice of Arizona State, wide receiver/return specialist Odell Beckham Jr. of LSU, quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and linebacker/running back Myles Jack of UCLA.
The award is named for Louisville native Paul Hornung, a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for Notre Dame who had a Hall of Fame NFL career for the Green Bay Packers. At Notre Dame, Hornung played every position in the offensive backfield, handled punting and place-kicking duties, returned kickoffs and started at safety on defense.
The winner will be honored Jan. 28 at the Paul Hornung Award banquet in Louisville.
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Andrews, who was also a finalist for the award last season, leads the Football Bowl Subdivision in all-purpose yardage with 2,192, an average of 219.2 yards per game.
Andrews has been used as WKU's primary ball carrier, kick and punt returner and has been a key part of the WKU receiving game this season.
He owns a 23-game streak with 100 or more all-purpose yards, nine games longer than any other player in the nation. Andrews has compiled 5,343 all-purpose yards over the last two seasons, ranking fourth on the NCAA's all-time list for all-purpose yards in a two-year span, and his 6,372 career all-purpose yards ranks 30th all-time.